Hello and welcome to Ms. Squire's Math Room! I have a Bachelors of Science in Applied Mathematics from Northwestern University, and a background in experiential education and program management. My favorite things are teaching math, singing, and spending time with my family. I teach 7th grade Challenge by Choice, 8th grade Algebra I, tutor, host Math Club, and assistant direct the Middle School play.
About Challenge by Choice
In Challenge by Choice, we use the CPM Core Connections Compressed Accelerated Pathway. This course is designed for students who have solid skills working with whole numbers, decimals, and fractions, and who feel ready for the challenge of an accelerated pace. Over the course of the academic year, we cover concepts needed for the successful study of Algebra. We begin with a review of decimals, fractions & percents, order of operations, and integers. CBC covers variables, expressions, combining like terms, solving equations, linear growth models (y = mx +b), slope, statistics and data analysis, proportional relationships, similar figures/scaling, and introductory geometry (angle classifications, triangles, circles, surface area and volume of figures, transformations, dilations). Infused throughout the course are the core themes of pattern-finding, critical thinking, conjecture, inductive and deductive reasoning, communication and problem solving. Challenge by Choice prepares students to take Algebra as 8th graders.
About Algebra I
Algebra I is designed for students who have demonstrated solid Pre-Algebra skills, and who feel ready for the challenge of an accelerated pace. We begin with a review and deeper investigation into the Pre-Algebra concepts of variables, exponents, order of operations, and the basics of graphing. Over the course of the academic year, we work on solving linear equations, graphing linear equations and functions, writing linear equations, solving and graphing linear inequalities, systems of linear equations and inequalities, exponents and exponential functions, quadratic equations and functions, polynomials and factoring, rational equations and functions, and connections to geometry. Infused throughout the course are the core themes of pattern-finding, modeling of real life scenarios, inductive and deductive reasoning, conjecture, communication and problem solving. Algebra I prepares students to take Geometry or Algebra II in high school.